The Weekendist: Let’s Take This Outside Edition

Happy World Environment Day, Nashville. Many of this weekend’s activities are taking place in the great outdoors, and we’re looking forward to the change of scenery. Saturday is Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day (no licenses required), so you can have a little DIY fun if you’ve got the right equipment. If you’re lacking the fishing gear, just check out our picks for this weekend.


  • Rocketown Faith Night with the Nashville Sounds: A special evening to benefit Rocketown, there will be skateboard demonstrations, dance teams, and a 5:30pm concert. The game starts at 7pm. $10 gets you a ticket to the concert & game, plus a hot dog and a drink. Not bad.


  • 6th Annual Catfish Rodeo: All day at Centennial Park – 2,000 pounds of catfish will be tossed into the park’s own Lake Watauga, and kids will be invited to fish them out. The first 600 kids ages 5-16 to register will be allowed to fish, so make sure you show up when registration opens (7:30am for the 9am session; 10:30am for the 12pm session) to hold a spot. Prizes will be awarded, and of course there will be free food and entertainment. Because that’s how we do it in Nashville.
  • Strokes of Genius – “Petite Fleur” Children’s Workshop: Alexandre Renoir, great-grandson of the famous painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, will be leading two free painting workshops at the Tennessee State Museum. The Strokes of Genius: Renoir exhibit closes this Sunday, so check that out while the kids paint. Workshops are at 10:30am and 1:30pm, and you have to make a reservation.
  • FirstArtSaturday: Hosted by The Arts Company, this month’s FirstArtSaturday is an opening of the new “Brother Mel: 50 Years Of Fresh Art” exhibit. Brother Mel will be there himself, celebrating his 80th birthday as part of the opening reception from 6pm-9pm. The FirstArtSaturday Gallery Crawl will be happening as usual, with 17 galleries participating this month.
  • National Trails Day: Visit one of the many area Nature Centers and celebrate National Trails Day with hikes, bikes, classes, and other outdoorsy fun.
  • Meet Your Farmer: Meet local farmer Troy Smiley of Smiley Farms and learn about what it takes to be a farmer in the 21st century. 12pm at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.


  • Sunday Mornin’ Country: A tradition at the Ryman, say goodbye to CMA crowd and enjoy lots of Sunday morning country music at a reasonable price ($13-18).

Photo by bmitd67.

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